Count our Blessings
This is the final week of our Algerian Freedom campaign. We are greatly encouraged by the past seven weeks. We introduced you to the growing church within Algeria: How over 100,000 Muslims have repented and trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior since 1985. How fundamental Muslims and secular Muslims in the government have been involved in persecuting Christians. How the Algerian ex-Muslim Christians have responded back with faith and courage. Why the government passed the unjust laws of Ordinance 06-03 in 2006. How they try to discourage the growth of Christianity and how those laws can land Christians in jail for up to five years for simply expressing their faith in Jesus Christ to a Muslim. How Pastor Siaghi Krimo gave the Jesus movie to a Muslim Neighbor in May of this year and was arrested, found guilty by the court and sentenced to five years in prison and a heavy fine. We also looked at some cultural aspects and the influence and practice of Ramadan. With all this information we asked you to pray for the freedoms of all Algerians and take action for Algerian Christians. (If you missed any of this information please go to www.SpiritofMartyrdom.com/som-global-update to read the past seven articles.) Many of you responded. Now we invite you to rejoice with us as we count our blessings. Here is some of the encouraging news we have received:
1. Pastor Krimo’s lawyer was able to appeal the sentence and higher court judge has allowed Pastor Krimo to remain free during the appeal process.
2. Pastor Krimo and his family’s lives were threatened by fundamental Muslims. Spirit of Martyrdom was able to pay for six months’ rent as the Krimo family felt led to relocate to a safer location.
3. Pastor Krimo and his wife are flourishing in their new location. Immediately they have stepped into leadership with the local church. They both are boldly witnessing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
4. Pastor Krimo’s wife specifically reports the blessing of feeling our prayers as she has a greater peace and feels more secure.
5. The government approved the first and only Christian school in Algeria. This is a very encouraging sign.
6. We received a report that two churches received permission to build a meeting place.
7. Many more Christians, civil and church leaders are aware of the situation in Algeria.
8. Funds were donated to Spirit of Martyrdom which helped us pay for the rent of Pastor Krimo and other needs.
Together we served the Church in Algeria. It reminds me of 1 Chronicles 29:9 which says, “Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD.” This scripture refers to the Israelites offering precious metals and stones for the building of the temple of God. As we have offered our precious stones of prayers and sacrifices of action, we have helped build the temple of God in Algeria.
With the end of this campaign, it is my hope that your prayers and advocacy will not end but you will continue to pray for the church growing throughout the Islamic world. Our desire is to be a consistent support to the bold witness of the Church – world wide. We must persevere until Christ returns. This morning I received an e-mail update from our Algerian contact regarding this past weekend. A Christian Brother named Yassin (29 years old) was killed by five fundamental Muslims near his village in Algeria. Also, in the same area, two girls and one boy (ages 7, 8 and 10) died of dehydration. The temperature was 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the children begged for water but the parents would not give them any water because it is Ramadan right now. Stories like this impassion me to continue to support the witnesses of Christ in difficult areas. If you would like to join us and become one of our monthly financial partners you can contact us for auto pay or click here to make an online donation.
Pastor David Witt
Chief Executive Officer
Spirit of Martyrdom
Monday: Pray for Yassin’s family and the Muslim family whose three children died.
Tuesday: Pray for Algerians to find freedom in Jesus Christ alone.
Wednesday: Pray for the leaders of Algeria to seek a true understanding of the Christian faith.
Thursday: Pray for Spirit of Martyrdom ministries, that we serve the witnesses of Algeria effectively.
Friday and Weekend: Pray for us Christians in America to grow in our courage and faith as we serve our brothers and sisters in Algeria.
Verse of the Week: 1 Chronicles 29:7-13 – “They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron. And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the King also rejoiced greatly. Therefore, David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
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